Holidays and numbers go together: 12 days of Christmas; 9 reindeer, 8 days of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa is just shy of a week… Whoa! December’s got more one-off holidays than a bowl of mixed nuts: Swedes have St. Lucia Day; Mexicans have Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Boxing Day covers Australians, Canadians, English and Irish; the Prophet’s birthday for Islam and Muslim traditions; Omisoka for the Japanese, Saturnalia for Pagans…
I’m not even counting the slew of weird and wacky holidays, such as December 4th, “Wear Brown Shoes Day” or December 8th, “Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day”, lest not we forget “Festivus for the Rest-of-us”, December 23rd. (All true, I swear!)
Point is, that’s a lot of gifts to cover. The good news? More reasons (or excuses) to stock up with great small gifts from IWA! Make this season brighter for everyone on your list and a few new ones: buy in bulk to bust those stockings without breaking the bank! Just don’t wait until December 31, “Make Up Your Mind Day” or the partridge may have already ditched the pear tree… Hurry to IWAwine.com today!
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Wine Opening / Cork Management
Take the work out of cork removal—these two options are great for people who ‘recoil’ at traditional corkscrews:
- Le Creuset Activ-Ball Gift Set – Just position and twist. Includes opener, foil cutter, gift box.
- Cork Pops – Simply insert the needle through the cork, press the top, voila! Cork released!
After removal, put corks to work with cork kits to make useful bulletin board or trivet kit. (Pre-assemble on Sunday, December 3, “Make a Gift Day” to give as gifts!) Need more corks? We sell those, too.
Next you’ll need somewhere to put your wine between sips: Personalized Coasters are made from distressed, naturally-absorbent sandstone. An impressive gift! Order by 12/11.
Convenient Wine-Saving Ideas
Save partial bottles using any of these three cost-effective, minimal-footprint options that work great. (I’ve seen all three at our favorite restaurants and bars.) Vacuvin Gift Set – Vacuum pump extracts air from opened wine bottles and seals them with reusable rubber stoppers.
Vacuum Bottle Stoppers – A sleek combination bottle stopper/ vacuum pump keeps bottles fresh up to 10 days. And the ol’ standby, Private Preserve prevents air from oxidizing opened wine bottles with a quick spray of inert nitrogen. Protects up to 120 bottles.
Fun Dining Combo
Personalized Lazy Susan with Salt & Pepper Shakers! The generous 18” lazy susan is handcrafted of the highest-quality oak with an outer iron rim reminiscent of a wine barrel head. It is personalized with a surname, year, and location. Order by 12/12 – And don’t forget to tack on a set of our whimsical, inexpensive 4” glass salt and pepper shakers shaped like a wine bottle and glass. (Salt and pepper not included—add your own premium picks for a complete gift package!)
For Connoisseurs (Top Hat Not Included)
The Ultimate Pewter Funnel features a deep mesh screen and 5 soft-launch openings at its base to achieve maximum gentle aeration and sediment removal without bruising. One screen included.
Personalized Wine Carrier of solid wood is beautifully crafted from recycled wood, with metal handles and a center divider to safely transport and display up to 8 bottles of wine. Personalize with anniversaries and special dates. Order by 12/11 (Blow their minds and fill it with their favorite wine or miniature gifts in each slot!)
Coravin Bonus Pack Taste wine from a sealed bottle without pulling the cork or disturbing the wine’s natural aging process. Multiple systems available.
Wine Tasting & Whisky Aroma Kits help above-average fans learn to identify specific aromas most commonly present in wine and whisky. Each kit includes 54 aroma vials, 54 illustrated cards, an instructional book and a beautiful cloth-bound case. (Not a novelty, these are the real deal!)
Unique, Sure-to-Please Small Gifts for Hosts or Stocking Stuffers
Mint Julep Candle is set in a stainless steel mint julep cup that evokes Southern charm. Hand-poured.
Le Creuset Foilcutter Four wheels = a ‘cut’ above the rest. The Black Nickel comes in a black gift box.
Now pets can get in on holiday toasts! Dog and Cat Wine is one of those unusual ideas for wine-and-pet-lovers’ pets. Organic beet juice with all-natural, organic ingredients. Each set includes (2) 8 oz. bottles of non-alcoholic dog and cat “wines” to delight felines and canines alike, despite the cute labels.
Sparq Wine Pearls or Whisky Stones – No more embarrassing ice-cube-in-your-drink moments! Simply freeze and pop flavorless stainless steel drops into a glass of wine, bubbly, even a delicate martini! And same goes for the stones: freeze a few hours, and get ready to chill your drink without diluting it.
Then again, if you prefer a little slow and methodical spirit dilution, the Corkcicle Whisky Wedge is an artful way to take the edge off and chill out with a unique design that melts slower than traditional cubes.
Le Creuset Waiter’s Corkscrew – No such thing as ‘too many wine openers’! This patented little number is sure to be a quality gift that will be put to good use by anyone who drinks wine.
Bottle Tags Another staple that almost everyone with a wine fridge or cellar can use! Hang tags i.d. wine bottles without having to constantly shuffle your bottles around to see what they are.
And While You’re At It…
Dress up your gifts with these quirky wine bottle gift tags (available all-season or holiday.) Also, carry them around with you for last-minute gifting emergencies! And for extra-special gifts, (or extra-special wines), use Cork Cage Ornaments as gift tag-décor or holiday décor. Recipients will enjoy saving a special cork and decorating their tree, table settings, or bottles of wine with them. Or gift yourself a set instead! Includes 3 ornaments. Multiple styles available.
(Holy drummers drumming, Santa! That was a full plate o’ holiday treats!)
About the Author: Lori Stevens is a former wine magazine food editor who has worked in multiple wineries and traveled throughout many of the world’s wine-producing regions. She currently lives in Seattle. Bottoms up!